The Capacity Crisis in Disaster Risk Management

Why disaster management capacity remains low in developing countries and what can be done

  • Asmita Tiwari

Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Capacity Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Effective Capacity for Managing Disasters

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 209-218

About this book


How can a place be built and managed so that it is safe for people to live? Ironically, many governments and citizens keep on asking the same question after every new disaster. Why, even with high levels of investment in increasing government’s capacity to manage disasters, do the impacts of disasters continue to increase? What can the governments do differently? What is the role of local communities? Where should aid agencies invest? This book looks into these critical questions and highlights how current capacity development efforts might be resulting in the opposite—capacity crisis or capability trap. The book provides a new approach for understanding and developing effective local capacity for reducing and managing future disaster impacts.


Capacity crisis Disaster Risk Management

Authors and affiliations

  • Asmita Tiwari
    • 1
  1. 1.Rockefeller College of Public Administration & Policy, University at AlbanyAlbanyUSA

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